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Google Cloud Introduces VPC Flow Logs to Cloud Customers for Network Visibility

Article Written by David Marshall

Enterprise users of Google's cloud platform have a new option for logging and monitoring network traffic for security and performance issues.  Google introduced VPC Flow Logs to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), giving administrators a way to track network flows all the way down to an individual virtual interface, in near-real-time.

According to GCP Product Manager Ines Envid, VPC Flow Logs is like Cisco's NetFlow, "but with more features."  It provides responsive flow-level network telemetry for GCP environments, creating logs in five-second intervals. 

Organizations can use VPC Flow Logs to collect network telemetry at various levels and they can choose to collect telemetry for a particular VPC (virtual private cloud) network or subnet or drill down further to monitor a specific VM Instance or virtual interface.

Zenoss Announces Partnership With Google Cloud

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Zenoss Inc., a leader in software-defined IT operations, announced it has joined the Google Cloud partner program with intention to expand Zenoss capabilities for IT operations management (ITOM) to enterprise hybrid cloud environments that leverage the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

With this partnership, Zenoss will add value to clients by integrating the monitoring of hybrid cloud environments leveraging GCP with any IT infrastructure an organization may support - adding to robust multicloud capabilities Zenoss already supports with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Zenoss builds comprehensive real-time models of hybrid IT environments and uses them to provide holistic health and performance insights exactly where they are needed. Using Zenoss, customers of GCP can:

RedLock Announces Support for New Security Command Center for Google Cloud Platform

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RedLock, the Cloud Threat Defense company, today announced technology integration with Cloud Security Command Center for Google Cloud Platform, a security and data risk platform that helps enterprises gather data, identify threats and act on them before they lead to damage or loss. The RedLock integration with Cloud Security Command Center provides customers with centralized visibility into security and compliance risks, and greater context for alerting and actionable remediation in Google Cloud environments. As part of the integration, RedLock continuously monitors environments and sends results pertaining to resource misconfigurations, compliance violations, network security risks and anomalous user activities to Cloud Security Command Center.

The RedLock Cloud 360 platform connects to an organization's Google Cloud environment within minutes via APIs, and works in the background to ensure that DevOps can keep their focus where it belongs-on developing and deploying apps their customers need. Key features of the platform include:

Rackspace Extends Managed Security to Google Cloud Platform

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Rackspace announced today that Managed Security and Compliance Assistance for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is now available for preview to new and existing customers that use Rackspace Managed Services for GCP. Companies using GCP can now benefit from the additional security capabilities provided by Rackspace Managed Security (RMS) to deliver enhanced breach detection and remediation, helping minimize the time cyber criminals spend in an environment and limit overall impact to the business.

With Rackspace Managed Security and Compliance Assistance for GCP, Rackspace is now a leading managed security services provider that offers services on all of the major public cloud platforms. In IDC's 2017 CloudView Survey of over 6,000 enterprise respondents, nearly 50 percent indicated concerns about security in the cloud, and about 40 percent cited superior security capabilities available from service providers as a major incentive to move to the cloud. With RMS, Rackspace security experts help customers with strategic planning for best practice multi-cloud security, tactical day-to-day security monitoring and threat analysis to deter, detect and respond to potential threats around the clock.

Dropbox and Google Cloud Partner to Deliver Cross-Platform Integrations

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Dropbox today announced a partnership with Google Cloud to deliver a more unified home for work. Working with Google Cloud, Dropbox plans to develop a series of cross-platform integrations that connect G Suite cloud productivity tools and content (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts) with its global collaboration platform. These integrations will be made accessible for all Dropbox users. As a result:

  • Users will be able to create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files that live in Dropbox.
  • From within Dropbox, users will have the option to open and edit compatible files directly in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • Dropbox Business administrators will be able to manage Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files just like any other content that lives in Dropbox.

Veritas Expands Cloud-Based Data Protection With Bolstered Capabilities for Google Cloud Customers

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Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, today announced Veritas CloudPoint 2.0, the second release of the company's snapshot-based data protection technology, now certified by Veritas for the Google Cloud Platform.

Veritas CloudPoint 2.0 adds enhanced data protection to Google Cloud's native snapshot capabilities, providing joint customers with increased simplicity, improved search capabilities and enhanced protection of new workloads and applications in multi-cloud environments.

A year ago, as part of a global strategic partnership, Veritas announced a number of technology integrations to advance data management capabilities for Google Cloud Platform customers. Today, as more enterprise customers choose Google Cloud for its core infrastructure, data analytics and machine learning capabilities, they also understand the need for an equally advanced and cloud-native way to ensure their data is protected and easily recoverable within Google Cloud.

The Cloud Competition Intensifies - Rapid Growth Ahead for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform

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A new LogicMonitor survey of nearly 300 industry influencers predicts that enterprises will migrate the majority of their IT workloads from the data center to the cloud by 2020. Fueling this transition will be the 20.8 billion IoT devices Gartner predicts will come online, and the rapid maturation of AI and machine learning technologies. The Future of the Cloud Study also finds that while Amazon holds a dominant leadership position in the public cloud market, Microsoft and Google are closing that gap.

LogicMonitor, the leading SaaS-based performance monitoring platform for Enterprise IT, sponsored the survey, polling both AWS re:Invent attendees and industry analysts, media, consultants and vendor strategists to explore what the landscape for cloud services will look like in 2020. "Our customers continue to ask for guidance in planning their cloud migration strategies," said Jeff Behl, Chief Product Officer for LogicMonitor. "We designed our survey to gather feedback from some key industry influencers to understand their predictions, and to provide our customers with insights and answers."

SignalFx Announces Comprehensive Global Monitoring for Google Cloud Platform

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SignalFx, a leader in real-time operational intelligence for data-driven DevOps, today announced an integration for comprehensive global monitoring for Google Cloud Platform. This integration allows enterprise-class Google Cloud customers to leverage the real-time, end-to-end operational intelligence of the SignalFx solution. Global organizations can get alerts in real-time from SignalFx's streaming analytics platform across their entire technology stack. From infrastructure to applications critical information will be uncovered every second of every day so unwanted issues can be instantly fixed. The integration currently is live across many Google Cloud Platform services.

Microsoft is now trying to use Google's secret cloud weapon against it

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On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the Azure Container Service, a new service for the Azure cloud computing platform that's built on Kubernetes — a mega-popular open source cloud technology built by Google.

Kubernetes is a software project that started out as a way for Google to manage its massive server infrastructure and has since become a  go-to tool for modern software developers .

While the market-leading Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure both offer some kind of support for Kubernetes, Google Cloud prides itself on being the first and best place to use the software, given that it was invented there.
 

ScaleArc's Software Now Available on Google Cloud Launcher Marketplace

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ScaleArc, a leader in database uptime, announced today that its software is available in the Google Cloud Launcher marketplace. Google Cloud Platform customers can now leverage the seamless application failover, faster application performance, and other instant scale out capabilities of the ScaleArc software. This software simplifies the process of adopting cloud services and helps customers mitigate some of challenges of running critical applications in the cloud.

ScaleArc's software enables continuous availability for applications and accelerates cloud deployments. The software directs traffic from application servers into the database, intelligently routing traffic to optimize application uptime and performance. On the cloud, these advantages include overcoming the latency of hybrid cloud deployments and supporting failover between cloud regions. ScaleArc has integrated its ScaleArc for SQL Server and ScaleArc for MySQL software on GCP.

With ScaleArc's availability on the Google Cloud Launcher, any GCP customer can leverage ScaleArc software to: